Heather Orom


Heather Orom.

Heather Orom


Heather Orom


Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Research Topics

Understanding and identifying strategies for eliminating health disparities; dimensions of illness risk perception, including uncertainty about risk perception and its implication for health behavior and risk perception measurement; determinants of prostate cancer treatment decision making and wellbeing in prostate cancer survivorship.

Contact Information

304 Kimball

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6682

Fax: (716) 829-6040


Overview Publications News

Selected Publications

  • Orom, H., Underwood, W., II, & Biddle, C. (2016). Emotional distress increases the likelihood of receiving surgery among men with localized prostate cancer. Journal of Urology
  • Orom, H., *Biddle, C., Underwood, W., III, Nelson, C. J., & Homish, D. L. (2016). What is a 'good' treatment decision? Decisional control, knowledge, treatment decision-making, and quality of life in men with clinically localized prostate cancer. Medical Decision Making, 36, 714-725.
  • Orom, H. (2016). Nativity and perceived healthcare quality. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(3):636-643.
  • Orom, H., Nelson, C. J., Underwood, W., III, Homish, D. L., & Kapoor, D. (2015). Factors associated with emotional distress in newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. Psycho- Oncology, 24,:1416-22.
  • Orom, H., Underwood, W. III, Homish, D.L., Kiviniemi, M. T., Homish, G.G., Nelson, C. J., & Schiffman, Z. (2014). Prostate cancer survivors' beliefs about screening and treatment decision-making experiences in an era of controversy. Psycho-Oncology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/pon.3721.     
  • O'Quin, K. E., Semalulu, T., & Orom, H. (In Press). Elder and caregiver solutions to improve medication adherence. Health Education Research.
  • Orom, H. O'Quin, K. E., Reilly, S., & Kiviniemi, M. T. (2014). Perceived cancer risk and risk attributions among African American residents of a low-income, predominantly African American neighborhood. Ethnicity and Health, 1-14. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080 /13557858.2014.950197.     
  • Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Chung, J. E. & Hernandez, T. (2014). The role of social toxicity in responses to a slowly-evolving environmental disaster: The case of amphibole asbestos exposure in Libby, Montana, USA. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 12-27.
  • Orom, H., Homish, D. L., Homish, G. G., & Underwood, W., III. (2014). Quality of physician-patient relationships is associated with the influence of physician treatment recommendations among prostate cancer patients who chose active surveillance. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, 32, 396-402.     
  • Orom, H., Semalulu, T., & Underwood, W., III. (2013). The social and learning environments experienced by underrepresented minority medical students: A narrative review. Academic Medicine, 88, 1765-1777.

Representative Student Projects

  • Developing an integrative framework for studying and intervening in social determinants of health
  • Transforming a prostate cancer scare into a teachable moment for promoting men's health
  • How are we treating underrepresented minority students in medical school?: A systematic review of the literature